‘How Can I Pretend That You Do Not Exist’

This week, Elizabeth Kramer writes about Sudan — the ongoing tragedy in Darfur, the recent civil war and the Lost Boys, refugees who’ve made it to the United States. The most prominent of those young men may be Valentino Achak Deng, whose story forms the basis of a novel by Dave Eggers. Deng will visit Louisville next week; the package begins on page 20. Also in this issue, LEO offers endorsements in both gubernatorial primaries.

In the wake of ‘Invisible Children’

When the Central High School students watched “Invisible Children,” they saw powerful connections. The Beta Club made sure nearly everyone in the school viewed the documentary about child soldiers in Uganda and, as a result, students began to realize their own efforts might help children suffering on another continent. More poignant, many saw something of themselves in the faces of children who, because of where they live, are being overlooked.

Rumor & Innuendo

What does it all mean? The last time UK had a member of the C-J’s Super Five was ’95, when Ron Mercer had the honor. For U of L, it was the year before, when Samaki Walker made the grade. Gun-totin’ Sebastian Whatsisname doesn’t count, since he — delusional, much to his detriment — didn’t matriculate to the Belknap campus.

Rumor & Innuendo

Givin’ it back. So we know the Brohm family is all Louisville all the time. Here’s a testament to their commitment to the good of the city as well as to its football fortunes. Last Tuesday night the clan was in full force at the annual fund-raiser for Wellspring, an organization serving those with severe or persistent mental illness. Family members addressed the crowd. A Brian Brohm-autographed football went for several thousand dollars.Coach in charge.

The power of 10 : LEO Voter Guide 2007 second of three Clip and Save!

You may find it impossible to believe there’s anything of importance going on in these parts besides that big horse race on Saturday. We understand. But there is — it’s called the gubernatorial primary, and it’s a 10-horse race across two parties.

Voter Guide 2007 (third of three Clip and Save!): And down the stretch they come …

This is the third and final installment of LEO’s interviews with Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates. This week we cover healthcare and explore each candidate’s general philosophy of government.Specifically, we asked:•HEALTHCARE: The current (healthcare) model seems to be serving fewer people, with higher and higher costs. What can the state do to address this problem?•PUBLIC LIFE: What is your view of what government can and can’t do for people — what it should and should not do?

City Strobe

Judge: MSD not subject to city ethics codeA Jefferson County Circuit Court judge ruled last week that the Metropolitan Sewer District does not fall under the purview of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission, possibly putting to rest a 2-1/2-year-old complaint from a former MSD worker alleging ethical and legal transgressions among the agency’s top brass, including director Bud Schardein.

City Strobe

West Broadway will stay closed, judge says  Standing in a federal courtroom in Louisville Monday afternoon, legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory had mixed emotions. A ruling by Judge Jennifer Coffman upheld the city’s plan to close West Broadway between 9th and 34th streets on Derby weekend, a plan criticized for being racist and discriminatory to West Louisville businesses, many of which are owned and operated by African Americans.

The façade of accountability: The Metro Ethics Commission seems to be asleep at the switch. What’s that mean for the a

Maggie and Dennis Martin were piqued when Insight Communications said it wouldn’t drag cable lines to their neighborhood, a serene area of low population on the outer edge of the county, almost in Bullitt. It is, in a sense, the last frontier of Jefferson County, a hopelessly developable swath of the Old Life that landowners and developers haggle over with predictable regularity.

Killing tradition, one seat license at a time

Nine years ago, I wrote a column about my dad and his older brother that attempted to examine, and glorify, their annual Kentucky Derby ritual, which I learned, after asking questions for the piece, dated at least to the early 1950s. Specifically, I was out to document their streak of consecutive years attending the Derby together, which they agreed began in 1954, and to poke some gentle fun at their habits, which I had observed every year of my life like clockwork.